The Regional Infection Control Officer (RICO) Program is a co-operative
approach to addressing the essential infection control and prevention needs of EMS agencies in the
Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) region.
In the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, SB 1574 was passed, placing requirements on EMS agencies to have Designated Infection Control Officers, increase prevention and reporting processes and allow hospitals to provide better information to EMS providers.
The RICO Program provides a mechanism to normalize, centralize and simplify processes for EMS agencies
to meet the requirements of SB1574 and provide consistent, quality infection prevention, rapid
assistance from qualified Infection Preventionist providers if an exposure occurs while also ensuring
STRAC has partnered with San Antonio Fire Department and the Office of the Medical Director, Emergency
Health Sciences Department of the UT Health San Antonio to create the RICO program. Dr. David
Miramontes, SAFD/EMS Medical Director oversees the RICO program, and RICO manages the day-to-day
24/7 RICO HOTLINE: (210) 355-0804